When looking for new, pre-owned, and used yachts for sale in Michigan, the amount of time it takes to narrow down exactly what you want can some times be intimidating. With so many manufacturers, models, and boat types, how do you begin to find the right yacht that meets your budget and your needs?
United Yacht Sales is the one-stop professional yacht brokerage that can navigate you through the frustrations and help you make the best decision possible when it comes to the purchase of your next boat. We can help you find the yacht for sale, set up the showings, help negotiate pricing, handle the yacht closing and everything else involved, and we do all of this so you are able simply sit back and to enjoy the process. Buying a yacht requires a significant investment and it is our goal to provide you with detailed information and professional guidance.
When searching for a yacht for sale, there are a plethora of options. The yachts on our website number over 7,000 listings, including yachts built by top brands such as Hatteras, Viking, Bertram, Sea Ray, Azimut, Sunseeker, Ferretti, and more. United can also help you find the best used center-console boat in Michigan from brands like Yellowfin, Contender, and more.
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YACHTS LOCATED IN Michigan
74' Hatteras 2000
Holland, Michigan, United States
60' Van der Valk BeachClub 600 2019
Harbor Springs, Michigan, United States
52' Shannon 52 Cutter 2001
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, United States
The Second Mouse Gets The Cheese
50' Sunseeker Predator 2019
Bay City, Michigan, United States
36' Hatteras 1986
Bay City, Michigan, United States
35' Freedom 1996
Grosse Ile, Michigan, United States
33' Chris-Craft 33 Futura 1957
Port Huron, Michigan, United States
Michigan is one of the country’s top four-season travel destinations, offering visitors many year-round events—winter events, heritage and cultural events, fairs and festivals, and of course, with 3,300 miles of freshwater shoreline, Michigan is America’s heart of classic boating. Located in the Great Lakes region of upper Midwestern United States, Michigan is the only state comprised of two peninsulas, Upper and Lower (shaped like a mitten) that are separated by the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Michigan is bordered by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes along with Lake St Clair and has 36,000 miles of streams and over 11,000 inland lakes and ponds ranking Michigan as the second “most-water” state, after Alaska. Opened in 1957, Mackinac Bridge dubbed “Mighty Mac,” spans the Straits of Mackinac and at 5 miles long, is the longest bridge in the western hemisphere.
Historic Mackinac Island in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas is within view of the Mackinac Bridge, but ironically does not permit vehicle traffic on the island, an ordinance since 1898. One must arrive by boat or plane (there is a small runway for private or charter aircraft). Mackinac Island was a hub for the fur trade in the 1820s and then for fishing. Mackinac Island State Park covers about 82% of the island with trails, woods, the 144ft limestone Arch Rock Formation, and other geological wonders. Tourism began in the 1850s and the magnificent Grand Hotel was opened in 1887.
The Grand Hotel features the longest porch in the world and is the world’s largest summer hotel. It has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The Grand Hotel, under different ownerships, has expanded and upgraded over the 130 years of operation and now includes an 18-hole golf course, Grand Hotel Shops, 14 restaurants and bars, and much more. Many of the beautiful large Victorian “cottages” that dot the south/southwestern shoreline date to the 19th century and have been converted to inns and bed & breakfasts. The 8-mile roadway that encircles the village is traversed by horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and by foot. Main Street Mackinac is a charming center of specialty shops, Artists Market, gift shops, boutiques, museum, kayak tours, restaurants, a putting green, and 15 fudge shops!
First explored by the French in the 17th century and claimed as part of New France Colony, a fur-trading empire, it came under British rule after defeat in the French & Indian War in 1762. After the American Revolutionary War, the British ceded the territory to the United States, and it became part of the Northwest Territory until 1800. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805 but was only admitted to the Union as the 26th state in 1837. Michigan became the center of the US Automotive Industry in the early 20th century as the 3 major automobile companies—General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Group, were all headquartered in Detroit located on the Lower Peninsula. With the collective engineering ingenuity of Henry Ford (who developed the revolutionary moving assembly line for mass production of automobiles), Ransom E. Olds, John and Horace Dodge, Henry Leland, David Dunbar Buick, Henry Joy, and Charles King concentrated in the Detroit area, Michigan’s economy was transformed by automotive manufacturing as well as the socioeconomic life of the US and much of the world, on a vastly greater level than by public transport like railroads and steamships.
The availability of jobs drew multitudes of immigrants and migrants to the Detroit area contributing to its cultural diversity and population growth. Michigan became the manufacturing leader of America in the early decades of the 20th century, but the state was hit hard by the Great Depression years. Although WWII brought back the automotive and copper mining industries, manufacturing suffered again when production moved overseas during the latter 20th century. A shift to tourism and new industries has helped revitalize the state’s economy in the 21st century. Today the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula with its farms, trails, and other natural attractions, is a popular tourist destination. The Lower Peninsula continues as a center of manufacturing, forestry, services, high-tech industry, in addition to agriculture.
Several of Michigan’s attractions are found nowhere else in the world—Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the world's largest group of freshwater sand dunes on a 35-mile stretch of coastline on the Lower Peninsula that includes the uninhabited North and South Manitou Islands. Sand dunes soar 400ft above sea level and are climbable. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary near Alpena, is an underwater preserve that protects a collection of about 100 historic shipwrecks in Lake Huron—great attraction for scuba divers. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the Upper Peninsula features awe-inspiring multicolored cliffs. Detroit is the birthplace of Motown Records. “Hitsville USA” is the nickname given to Motown’s first recording studio—Studio A, in a house purchased by Berry Gordy in 1959. The Motown Sound of Detroit in the early 1960s has become a definitive part of American Culture. And the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn is a complex of historical and cultural attractions for experiencing the perseverance, ingenuity, and resourcefulness of the American people for over 300 years.
Michigan is known for its farms, orchards, and cider mills that produce a vast array of agricultural products along with farm festivals and entertainment. Michigan produces apples, cherries, pumpkins, Christmas trees, lavender, tulips, corn, seasonal local produce for farm-to-table cuisine, and more. Pies, doughnuts, jams, bread, cheeses, and much more can be enjoyed farm fresh at farm shops and Farmers Markets. U-Pick orchards, hayrides, animals, cornfield mazes are among the many attractions during the fall harvest season. The northern lake area of the two peninsulas is the ideal climate for growing grapes. 35 wineries are on the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsula trails. The area contributes more than half the state’s wine grape production. Larry Bell brewed his first batch of beer in the 1980s and today, Bell’s Brewery in Comstock and Kalamazoo ranks as one of the nation’s largest craft breweries. Sideyard Ale is made from Michigan-grown hops. Bell’s is on the “Give a Craft Beer Trail” along with 11 other local breweries.
Michigan is renowned for its cross-country skiing (skate and classic styles), snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, downhill skiing, and even biking with special fat-tire snow bikes! MyWinterTrails.org features a collection of resorts and attractions such as Huron Meadows Metropark/Huron-Clinton Metroparks that offer a combined 24 miles of trails for both styles of cross-country skiing. Other members of the organization are Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Crystal Mountain, Forbush Corner, Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism (offers all types of winter recreation), Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Shanty Creek Resorts, Treetops Resort, Traverse City Area Tourism, Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs, and Iron Fish Distillery—a “Field-to-Glass” craft distillery just outside of Thompsonville near the Betsie River known for steelhead trout. There are many more trails and resorts for winter sports, especially cross-country skiing, which is a huge tourist and local winter activity.
With 3,300 miles of freshwater shoreline, Michigan is the nation’s heart of classic boating. In the Lower Peninsula, one is only 6 miles or less from the closest recreational water. Michigan also has a history of boatbuilding which boomed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, though its focus was on developing speedy runabouts that were preferred by Prohibition-era rumrunners and later as landing craft during WWII. As with Henry Ford’s production methods for mass-producing Model Ts, mid-20th century entrepreneurs brought boat ownership within reach of most American consumers.
Several notable boating spots in Michigan are Lake Huron’s Les Cheveraux Islands, a chain of 36 islands and navigable channels. The area hosts an annual antique wooden boat show in August. Torch Lake (Alden) is considered one the most beautiful lakes in the world with its crystal clear multi-hued blue water. Lake St Clair (Detroit) connects Lake Erie to Lake Huron and is both a major shipping channel and pleasure boat lake. Michigan has 150,000 pleasure boats registered in the vicinity of Lake St Clair. The lake was named #1 bass fishing lake in the world by Bassmasters in 2013. Spring Lake & Lake Michigan (Grand Haven), named “Coast Guard City USA,” hosts the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. The area also hosts an annual Wooden & Classic Boat Show. Big Manistique Lake (Curtis) is the largest group of lakes at 20,000 acres and links to hundreds of miles of rivers and streams for great boating and fishing (muskie, perch, whitefish) and the annual Walleye Jamboree. Lake Charlevoix (Charlevoix & Boyne City) is a beautiful, clear lake surrounded by green hillside and is considered the second most beautiful lake in America, after Lake Tahoe. Some of Michigan’s most iconic beach towns are on the lake, with great eateries, shops, art galleries, marinas, and outfitters. The Boyne Thunder Annual Poker Run is a 150-mile course that traverses Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, showcasing high-performance racing boats such as Scarab, Apache, and Fountain.
Grand Lake (Alpena) has 40ft rock ledges that contain unusual fossils on its western shore. Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show is held annually in June and is one of the best displays of beautiful historic wooden pleasure boats of yesteryear and new versions. Mullett Lake (Topinabee) is in the central point of the Inland Waterway which is a series of connected lakes and rivers allowing boaters to cross one side of the state to the other by water. Aloha State Park near the Straits of Mackinac is a popular destination located 5 miles south of Cheboygan. Campsites are near the park’s boat launch and registered campers can dock their boats in the protected boat basin. Marinas around the lake provide fuel and snacks. Lake Leelanau (Leland) is in two sections connected by the Narrows between North and South Lake Leelanau for a combined 9,000 acres. The Lake Michigan harbor at Leland features historical Fishtown, designated a Michigan State Historical Site in 1973 and listed with NRHP in 1975. Comprised of weathered fish shanties, smokehouses, fish tugs, and docks that are a vital part of Michigan’s fishing heritage, Fishtown is one of the last remaining fisheries on the Great Lakes. Gull Lake (Battle Creek) is a deep, clear lake enjoyed by boaters and scuba divers looking for artifacts (phone booth, swing set, motorcycle, 2 boats, railroad tracks) placed in the lake to pique the interest of divers. A yacht club holds sailboat races on weekends.
As a wonderful boaters’ destination located on the popular Eastern Great Loop, Michigan has many marinas and yacht clubs along its shores. Here are a few that offer transient boat slips. For further details and reservations, contact Dockwa.com.
Anchors Away Marina (St Joseph); Bay Harbor Lake Marina (Bay Harbor)—nautical center for the Great Lakes, for vessels up to 185ft; Brest Bay Marina (Newport); Bridge Harbour Marina (Port Huron); Crosswinds Marine Service (Whitehall)—on White Lake, vessels up to 105ft; Grand Haven Yacht Club (Grand Haven)—slip rentals managed for condo owners; Harbor Towne Marina (Muskegon)—waiting list; Jerry’s Marina (East Tawas); Lambrecht Marina (Harrison Township)—Clinton River; Michigan Harbor (St Clair Shores); Motor City Marina (Wyandotte); Portage Point Resort (Onekama)—vessels up to 100ft; Ray’s Marina (Ludington)—Pere Marquette Lake; River Raisin Marina & Campground (Monroe)—deep water, sailboats; Riverside Hotel & Marina (Manistee)—“Fishing Capital of the State;” Safe Harbor Great Lakes (Muskegon)—only deep port on Lake Michigan; Safe Harbor Jefferson Beach (St Clair Shores)—vessels up to 135ft; Safe Harbor Toledo Beach (LaSalle); Singapore Yacht Club (Saugatuck)—membership, transient available, vessels up to 90ft; Sommerset Point Yacht Club & Marina (Boyne City)—Lake Charlevoix
Hartshorn Marina (Muskegon) is a Municipal Marina with a mooring field. Contact directly for reservations.